Logo LIFE

LIFE+ WOGAnMBR - Demonstration of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor technology for valorization of agro-food industry wastewater

LIFE13 ENV/ES/000779


Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version  
 

Contact details:

Project Manager: Rubén GALLO
Tel: +34 947 25 88 41
Email: rgallo@ubu.es



Project description:

Background

Industrial wastewater is subject to environmental legislation and limits have been set on discharges based on whether they are sent directly to a sewer system or pass through a public river bed. While direct to sewer discharges are cheaper to treat, they incur higher charges (Annex III of the Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning waste water treatment). If industries adopt more efficient means of treating wastewater and eliminate/reduce the generation of waste or by-products (such as sludge), then water cannon and operating costs would decrease substantially along with the impact on the environment.


Objectives

The main aim of the project is to further develop anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBR), an emerging technology for the sustainable wastewater treatment of the agro-food sector. To achieve this aim, the project will construct an innovative and viable AnMBR wastewater treatment pilot plant that is specially adapted to the agro-food industry sector – i.e. it will offer an improved performance in treating wastewater with a high fat and oil content. This new technology also avoids problems linked to the treatment of wastewater with a high amount of organic matter, such as flotation of suspended biomass and the recollection of the biogas produced in digestion.

The project team expects that this technology will be transferrable to scenarios where conventional anaerobic bioreactors are an inefficient means of treating wastewater. These include cases of excess salinity, large fluctuations in the concentration and composition of wastewater, and wastewater with abnormally high concentrations of nitrogen, among others.

Expected results:

  • Construction of a pilot plan with a treatment capacity higher than one cubic metre a day that can be transported and operated in situ on a pre-industrial scale to demonstrate the efficiency and viability of a wastewater treatment system based on AnMBR technology;
  • Elimination of chemical reagent in the pre-treatment of wastewater (current standard practice for treating wastewater from a snacks factory is to add 0.5-1 kg coagulant PCBA type, 0.01-0.05 kg floculant poliacrilamide type and 0.1- 0.2 kg NaOH per m3 of treated water);
  • Reduction of more than 90% of sludge produced in the physical-chemical pre-treatment of water depending on water characteristics; and
  • Use of 100% of the oil and grease from wastewater to produce biogas with a methane concentration of 60-70%. Reduction in respective greenhouse gas emissions of 0.72 – 0.9 kg CO2 per kg of organic matter treated.


Results


Top


Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Energy - Supply
Industry-Production - Food and Beverages
Waste - Waste use
Water - Waste water treatment


Keywords

use of waste as energy source‚  waste water treatment‚  food production‚  waste oil‚  industrial waste water‚  biomass energy‚  renewable energy


Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


Top


Beneficiaries:

Coordinator UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS
Type of organisation University
Description The University of Burgos currently has almost 10 000 students at its five centres: the science faculties, the faculty of economics and business studies, the faculty of humanities and education, the faculty of law, and the higher polytechnic school. The university also has three associated schools: the school of nursing, the school of labour relations and the school of tourism. It offers over 30 different undergraduate degrees and more than 20 PhD programmes, as well as several masters and other graduate courses.
Partners CETaqua(CETaqua, Centro Tecnológico del Agua), Spain PEPSICO(PEPSICO MANUFACTURING A.I.E), Spain EUROFRITS(EUROFRITS S.A.), Spain FIAB(FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE INDUSTRIAS DE LA ALIMENTACIÓN Y BEBIDAS), Spain

Top




Project reference LIFE13 ENV/ES/000779
Duration 01-JUL-2014 to 30-JUN -2017
Total budget 1,232,647.00 €
EU contribution 616,323.00 €
Project location Castilla-León(España),Cataluña(España)

Top


Read more:

Project web site Project's website
Project web site - 2 Project's Twitter page

Top

Project description   Environmental issues   Beneficiaries   Administrative data   Read more   Print   PDF version